Friday, 29 November 2013

Feel Good Friday #10

Okay this isn’t a rant, but I shall paint you a little picture (bare with me, you will see my point I promise). This week I worked at a PR event for the launch of Louis Vuitton’s 2014 Cruise Collection and I must say the experience taught me one thing which is this - working within the fashion industry is something I can safely say I would never wish to do. Not because I don’t appreciate clothes because god only knows I do - but simply because a large number of the high end fashion boffs who attended the event were so unbelievably rude. You know the film ‘The Devil Wears Prada?’ – well that’s exactly what it was like. At one point a woman asked me in an agitated tone how she could get to the VIP lounge, I politely replied “it’s up the elevator on the third floor madam” at which point she gave me a look as if to say ‘are you stupid?!’ and barked “NO! It’s FULL! HOW do I get up?!” To which I simply replied “you wait for it to come back down…” She stared at me in genuine shock before threatening to report me for being rude – well at this point I was fighting back laughter with all my might. I managed to hold it together though, phew!
So here’s my point, what if I happened to be having a particularly bad day or week? What if I was a person that takes rudeness to heart? It takes no effort at all to be kind, you never know what type of day somebody may be having or what their circumstances are so I always try to be as nice as I can, I even smile at random people and I find that in turn it makes me happy. As cheesetastic as it sounds happiness is infectious so spread it, you never know – you might just brighten up somebody’s day!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Winter Nails

As I’m a total fiend for nail polishes (I have enough that I could wear a different colour every week of the year and still not have worn them all - eek), today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite shades that I like to wear during the colder months.
American Apparel. Port – A beautiful dark red with brown undertones, very glam.
American Apparel. Bronze Dash – Metallic bronze with tiny silver glitter pieces that create an extremely shimmery look on the nails. How very festive!
American Apparel. Violet Panache – Vibrant metallic blue purple, again with tiny glitter pieces - this time they’re violet. I love this nail colour for christmas parties.
Barry M. Racing Green – A gorgeous deep metallic green.
China Glaze. Cleopatra – Gold glitter with the odd green and purple fleck, opaque in one coat. My absolute favourite, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Topshop Nails. Pillar Box – The name says it all, a bright post box red.
Ciate. Sand Dune – A lovely metallic gold.
Who noticed the running theme? It would appear that I quite like my metallics at this time of year wouldn’t it! As I do so love adding to my nail polish collection please leave me some suggestions in the form of your favourite winter shades.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Feel Good Friday #9

(I reblogged this picture a little while ago on Tumblr, the perfect example of lovely festive knitwear)
This week the sun has decided to hide behind the clouds here in Dubai and between you and me, I’ve kind of loved it a little bit! I'm usually a total sun worshiper, however yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of rain and strangely enough, I was filled with excitement. It made me realise that no matter what kind of weather you're used to, you can always find ways to enjoy it.
Now I love this time of year at home, Christmas is just around the corner, that festive feeling is starting to creep in, however I’m like a lot of people in the sense that the weather really affects my mood and when I get cold I get grumpy. So for anybody who happens to be getting a little tired of the dreary weather, here are some of my favourite things to do at this time of year.
Wrap up warm in my favourite winter clothes while doing activities that induce some festive spirit – I love wearing lots of knitted jumpers in Autumn and Winter, last year I was on the hunt for the perfect woollen Christmas jumper which I never found. This year I’m away for the whole of November and December and before I left the UK I noticed that the shops are full of them – typical. If I was at home right now I’d be taking full advantage of the lovely knitwear while going for long chilly walks, doing some early Christmas shopping and drinking lovely hot Seasonal drinks. Last year’s favourite was Starbucks’ toffee nut latte – mmm!
Stocking up on bath bombs and melts and having lots of pamper evenings – because what better way to spend a winter night when it's cold outside and you don’t feel like going anywhere than to jump in a hot bubbly bath and chill out! I like to use a deep cleansing  face mask while I’m in the bath, then after I get out I’ll use a lovely rich body butter, get in my cosy winter pj’s and do my nails.
Carrying on the cosy theme, snug nights infront of the TV – Such a simple thing and yet there is nothing I love more than to curl up on the sofa on a night time in my onesie with my cats, festive scented candles lit, watching my favourite programmes or movies and eating my favourite treats (milky buttons and double decker bars) – ahh bliss!
Wearing darker shades of lipstick and nail polish – I don’t know about you guys but I really love taking advantage of the fact that you can get away with wearing heavier makeup during the day at this time of year. I love wearing deep berry shades on my lips and nails while I tend to go for gold and smoky colours on my eyes.
I miss doing these things so much now that I’m away from home. What are your favourite ways of making the most of the colder weather? I love being nosy!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

I'm Now on Instagram!

Selfy time // Rainy Burj Khalifa
I’m always having a nosey at peoples Instagram pages and I also happen to love taking lots of snaps everywhere I go, so I thought – what better way to share them with you than on Instagram! I’m going to start a ‘My Week In Pictures’ feature as of next week so keep your eyes peeled for that to keep up to date with what I’m up to and things I like.
You can take a look at my page by clicking here. Feel free to follow me!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Feel Good Friday #8

Recently my blog has lacked a bit of Feel Good Friday in its life and I’ll be honest with you, it has simply been down to a lack of inspiration on my part. I could have carried on the feature and found topics to write about, but I didn’t want to do that. I want to write about things that inspire me, otherwise what’s the point right?!
This week Gavin sent me a link to this video called 'The Pale Blue Dot' by Carl Sagan and told me to check it out, after watching it my first thought was ‘wow, I need to share this’. It’s amazing how caught up we can get in our own lives, so much so that we often forget the bigger picture. We forget that the human race is causing such harm to our planet as well as to each other and to the animal kingdom. This video is a humbling insight into the reality of life on this small yet beautiful planet that we call home and our responsibility towards preserving it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Review: La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30 Matte Extreme Fluid

Like many people, my skin is prone to blemishes and for that reason I like to use an SPF that’s specifically formulated for use on the face. I’ve tried a few that are good but I absolutely adore the Anthelios AC Matte Extreme Fluid by La Roche-Posay, it tops any other that I’ve tried by a country mile. Now, I am aware that winter is setting in back home in the UK but as you may have read I’m currently in Dubai for a while and so this little gem has come in very handy.
The SPF has a light milky consistency and is specifically formulated for oily to acne prone skin. It has a ‘dry touch’ finish and absorbs into the face instantly leaving absolutely no residue, meaning it doesn’t clog my pores - perfect! It also contains perlite which is supposed to absorb excess oil and zinc gluconate which regulates sebum. For those of you with sensitive skin or if you simply like to avoid artificial preservatives, the fluid is paraben free, fragrance free, non-comodogenic and to top it all off it’s also water resistant. What more could you ask for eh?! I bought this from Boots and at £15.50 it is slightly pricey but in my eyes any product that protects my skin from the sun’s harmful rays while not irritating my skin is well worth it! I shall definitely be repurchasing this baby.

Monday, 4 November 2013

YSL Rouge Pur Couture 1 - The Perfect Red Lip

The perfect red lipstick, that ever sought after little gem that every makeup enthusiast needs in their makeup bag? Well I’ve finally found it. With a lovely creamy texture and a high gloss finish that stays on for hours and doesn’t smudge, YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture 1 (Le Rouge) has truly captured my heart.
The lipstick has a yellow undertone meaning it will suit both light and dark skin tones, if you’ve ever seen an Emirates air hostess and wondered what they are wearing on their lips – this is the one. The Rouge Pur Couture range is apparently Victoria Beckham’s favourite collection of lipsticks and I can see why, this has to be the most luxurious product I have ever used on my lips, it’s so moisturising and the packaging is beautiful, definitely one that I enjoy pulling out of my handbag for top ups after a meal – don’t pretend you don’t love a bit of pretty packaging too!
All in all Rouge Pur Couture 1 is my definition of the perfect classy red lipstick.
What’s your perfect red lip?